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Some students forget their skills and knowledge of subjects during the summer because they do not practice and receive tutoring. Other students maintain or increase their skill and knowledge during the summer by practicing and receiving tutoring on their subjects(s). To help maintain skill and knowledge level, many parents and students are having me provide tutoring during the summer for one or both of the following reasons: 1. tutoring for reviewing current subjects for practice and maintenance or enhancement of knowledge and skill levels 2. tutoring on upcoming subjects for learning so that when the student starts back after the summer, not only are they still at an enhanced skill and knowledge level for current subjects, but they can master the upcoming subjects from the beginning because they have received a preview and practice during the summer. Starting on May 30, the parents are having me tutor their student(s) in various subjects on one the following frequencies:... read more

This post is for most if not all standardized exams. The number one issue I see with the majority of students who are preparing for these major and critical exams is that they do not spend enough time prepping. For example, obtaining a tutor a week or even three weeks before the test date is probably not going to do much to increase your scores, especially if you are meeting up with a tutor for only an hour or two per session, given your current score (pre-test). Here's my take. If you know that you will take one of these major exams (All High School AP exams included), please start months if not at least three months ahead of time. This is when you should start thinking seriously about what you need to obtain a 5 on most AP exams. What you should do is get a pre-test of how you're doing, thus you would know your strengths and weaknesses as it pertains to the test you plan to take. From here, I would work with the student to create a schedule to fit their time/financial... read more

Recently, after I tutored two of my favorite students to prepare them for upcoming tests in Pre-Algebra and Geometry respectively, I received positive reinforcement for the importance and value of customizing the tutoring approach, information, knowledge transfer, and tutoring style. After the first tutoring session, I was approached by three people as I was waiting for my next student: 1. An elementary school teacher – she complemented me on my knowledge and tutoring style, and asked me for my information to refer students to me for tutoring. 2. A parent seeking a tutor for their daughter – he complimented me on my tutoring style, my patience, and my problem solving ability, He said, “I saw how you tutored him and I want you to tutor my daughter the same way” He booked a tutoring session for the next day. 3. An adult student preparing for a standardized test – she worked at the café, came over and said that she saw me tutoring the student and saw how he was excited... read more

This afternoon, I found myself writing to one of my ESL students: ______________________ Hello, XXXXXX--- I am imagining you and your dog having a fine time at the cabin as I write this. I bet you are in the cabin as well. In the first sentence at the cabin is correct, just as you would say "I am at home" rather than in home. It would also be correct to say "I'm in the house" rather than outside in the yard. When you are at home, the yard is included. When you are in the house, the yard is excluded. With cabin, the same word is used both ways. When you are at the cabin, the exterior property is included, but when you are in the cabin, it is excluded. By the way, while you might be in your yard, you would be on your property. ______________________ Preposition problems are common to all but the most advanced English language learners, including many native speakers. After sending my student this email, I realized the word office... read more

Many students have an unnecessary fear of word problems (such as those found in the Arithmetic Reasoning section of the ASVAB). However there are some tricks that will help you quickly translate the words into a math problem. A LOT of word problems can be solved using CROSS-MULTIPLICATION The first step is to re-state the problem in this way: " ________ IS TO________ AS ________ IS TO ________ ." Here's a simple example. Example 1) If 3 pounds of onions cost $0.90, how much will 10 pounds cost? Step 1 - Reword this as "3 pounds is to $.90 as 10 pounds is to ?" Step 2 - Write this as a cross multiplation problem: 3/.90 = 10/x Notice I replaced "IS TO" with a division sign, "AS" with an equal sign, and "?" with x. Step 3 - Now cross multiply and solve: 3*x = .90 * 10 3x = 9 x = 9/3 x = $3 * * * Here are some more examples. Notice the variety of problems that can solved with cross multiplication... read more

SOH CAH TOA When working with Right Triangles in any Math and Science subject, especially Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics, many problems can be solved by remembering this Memory Jogger: Indian Chief SOH CAH TOA (sounds like soow caah towaah) Angle = A Sine A = Opposite/Hypotenuse Cosine A = Adjacent/Hypotenuse Tangent A = Opposite/Adjacent You can use these formulas to calculate and find missing angles or sides to solve various problems. Please contact me to help your student achieve the best grades possible in Math and Science. As a Chemical Engineer, I work on Math and Science problems all day, and tutor students in Math and Science in the evenings and weekends, including students from Elementary School to College Graduate School. I help students learn to see how Math and Science can be fun and useful in daily life, school, and career choices. All the best, John M.

Several of my students recently got the test results from their last A.C.T. exam, and we have lots of good news! Math and Reading scores improved the most, followed by Science and English. Most students showed great improvements in ALL areas. The new study methods really make a difference. If you have any questions, please EMAIL me for details: I'll be happy to share with you and/or work with you to help you improve your TEST scores!

Career Development I am a Vice President, Quality and EHS at a global biotechnology company. Throughout my 30 year career, I have been a hiring manager, have been active in my own career development, have created and implemented an ongoing Career Development Plan, and have established many Good and Best Practices. As a Subject Matter Expert, manager, supervisor, and executive for over 25 years, I have been responsible to help my direct reports and personnel at all levels in my departments create career development plans and implement career development action items. I have also switched industries 6 times and learned how to transfer skills to each new industry. I am a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. I am also an expert in the following topics that can assist in your job search. I have completed advanced training and have many years of experience in the following topics: 1. Networking 2. Social Media 3. LinkedIn 4. Facebook 5. Twitter 6... read more

“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” In Math subjects the Math Order of Operations is very important to solve the problem correctly. The phrase listed above is an easy way to remember the correct Math Order of Operations: Please = P = Parenthesis Excuse = E = Exponent My = M = Multiplication Dear = D = Division Aunt = A = Addition Sally = S = Subtraction I tutor all Math subjects. As a Chemical Engineer, I have completed college graduate level math subjects, and I was always at the top 3 in my class in Math subjects. As a tutor, the Math subjects are the most frequent subjects that I tutor. Please contact me to not only learn your Math subjects, but to relate to their practical application. Also as an added bonus, I can show you how this Math knowledge can be applied to savings and personal finance to save and make you money. I hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, John

You have educational goals. Next, you have a test to take. It's one of those big milestone tests for admission to college, such as the ACT, SAT, or GRE--or other standardized tests such as the SSAT, ASVAB, GED, or a professional licensing test. You want a tutor who works hard to get you ready. Help me be that tutor. Do these three things before our first session together. 1. If you have already set a date to take your test, tell me what it is. If you are not that far along yet, tell me the dates you are considering. This will assist me in developing a schedule for our sessions, and, if you'd like, I will suggest a study schedule for you for the time between our meetings. [PLEASE NOTE: It is far more effective to meet with you once a week for three months than three times per week for one month. Even when you are not studying for your test, your mind is preparing for it. Since your mind is busy in many other ways as well, it makes sense to give yourself ample time to fully... read more

The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a mandatory test that all military candidates must take before enlisting in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The ASVAB currently contains 9 sections: -Word Knowledge (WK) -Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) -Mechanical Comprehension (MC) -Automotive and Shop Information (AS) -Electronics Information (EI) -Mathematics Knowledge (MK) -General Science (GS) -Paragraph Comprehension (PC) -Assembling Objects (AO) (New section as of 2002) Navy applicants also complete a Coding Speed (CS) section. There is no overall score for the ASVAB. When someone tells you that they received an 80 on their ASVAB, they're talking about their Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) percentile. Therefore, that person's score is 80 percent high than everyone else that took the test. The AFQT score is important because it determines whether or not you can join the military. The AFQT is made up of only... read more

Study Skills are very important and make a difference in the overall performance in a class, on tests and quizzes. It is very important to use all 3 phases of learning when studying: visual, auditory, kinesthetic. I have 32+ years of tutoring and training experience. I was Residential Tutor/Counselor for Upward Bound all 4 summers of college, a Resident Assistant all 4 years in college, and a professional Subject Matter Expert and Trainer for 27+ years working internationally with all backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles. My teaching/tutoring style includes using Situational Leadership, active listening, problem solving, and customizing my approach to the student's learning style and needs. I have a BS in Chemical Engineering, was inducted in the National Honor Society in High School, received the Scholar Athlete Award, received numerous academic scholarships to college, received numerous quality, training, and leadership awards from 6 different global corporations,... read more

I come from a long family line of educators, teachers, school principals, school superintendents. Teaching, coaching, learning, and improving are my passion and family value. I have a strong passion and desire to help students learn, solve problems and achieve success in their education and in their life goals. I thoroughly enjoy helping my students learn their material, solve problems, and improve their knowledge and skills. I also help my students improve their study skills, problem solving skills, and test taking skills. On a professional basis, I constantly assess systems for training effectiveness. I help students recognize, analyze, and solve any barriers to learning or academic success. My goal is to help my students achieve success, confidence, and satisfaction, and to apply this success to achieve any goal in school or life. Finally, I also help my students set and achieve SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. Adopt a passion for learning... read more

I have never written a blog before... ever, so let's see if I can do this right! Last week has been an exciting and busy week. The beginning of the week started off with me taking the ASVAB cold turkey (no studying). Although I have no real intention of joining the military (I love my work too much!) I wanted to see what the ASVAB was like, and if I did well enough I thought I would offer myself as an ASVAB tutor. The test was about three hours long, and there was no way to make it any quicker. I finished each section, looked over the answers, and still had about 15 minutes to 20 minutes to spare after each section. I was concerned at first because I thought I was going through it too fast. After all was said and done my test was scored on the spot, and I landed in the 95th percentile! I imagine I could bump that up to the 98th if I studied for those electronic/mechanic questions. So needless to say, I feel quite comfortable tutoring for the ASVAB... the best way... read more

I was wondering what other tutors are doing with ASVAB tutoring. I would like to specialize in this but so far all I do is use practice questions from other sources.

Mathematics courses challenge students to think in both constructive and unique ways. Each course provides new challenges and, as a student progresses, the coursework usually becomes more difficult, requiring a firm understanding of concepts learned from previous sections, chapters and subjects. It is critical for a student to avoid discouragement and remain open to new learning skills. There is much creativity for a student to master when studying mathematics, providing he or she stays patient and motivated. There are also techniques such as pattern recognition, accurate evaluation, and others that can be learned and used in classes, for homework, and on quizzes and tests, including standardized tests that colleges, universities, and military institutions continue to value. I would very much like for mathematics students off all ages and backgrounds to consider myself a resource for studying, tutoring and learning!

Tutoring is expensive. But, there are several factors that relate to cost besides here-and-now price. It is the ultimate (sometimes long-term) bottom line that you need to calculate to determine if hiring a tutor is cost effective. But, what does "cost effective" mean? One way of looking at the term "cost effective" is to determine if the value you receive in return for your investment is larger than the investment. For example, if tutoring sessions cost you $100, but you passed an employment test that allowed you to earn an extra $0.50 per hour; then you would see the return for the money that you paid for the tutoring in less than two weeks (based upon your increased hourly rate of pay). Tutoring with that kind of pay back would be cost effective, and the monetary benefit would be easy to calculate. Other pay backs for tutoring might not be as easy to calculate, but equally substantial. For example, if tutoring costs you $200 but enables you to increase... read more

Test-taking wracks the brains of many students, while others skate through tests with little stress, little care...and even less concern for the test's results. The reason for this is because some students have mastered the "Test-Taking Game," and others have not. This is natural. Some people master the game of golf, others don't. The same is true for any sport that requires skill and practice. While throwing a javelin or piloting a toboggan may be irrelevant in the lives of most modern students, performing well on standardized, high-stakes tests has been elevated to the level of "top-priority." The students who figure out (crack, decipher, unravel) the test-taking code on their own may not be any "smarter" (or "less smart") than other students who perform with expected grade level scores. In fact, many standardized test scores reflect how well students maneuver around test questions instead of revealing what students' know and how well... read more

Hello. To those of you who are desperately trying to pass or improve your scores on the ASVAB and/or the GED exam: You can improve and you can pass it. You really can! You may say, "how is this possible"? I ask you this: have you done poorly in school and on tests in the past? You can really put those days of failure and frustration behind you. First you need to decide if doing better on the ASVAB or passing the GED is worth putting in some hard work. Success on those tests will open doors for you. You can succeed! Are you willing to work hard? Can you spend a few hours a day working on reading, writing and math? The more "high quality time" you spend, the better your chances are. Before you groan and say "why do I have to practice?", I want you to think of it the way you think of one of your hobbies. Did you play sports, an instrument, dance, do a craft? If you did, you no doubt went to practice (not just the games). Working hard... read more

Most people fall into step with a learning pattern without realizing exactly what happened to them. This random and arbitrary process serves maybe 80% of us well enough since our educational system doesn't expect much out of our learning abilities. Our educational system ignores most of our talents and abilities, and focuses upon a narrow subset of what we are capable of achieving. So, we get along by skating past the really important talents and skills that would enable us to soar, excel and express our abilities. Our schools reward most of us into becoming complacent learners. But, for others, the kinds of learning our schools demand fall outside our learning zone. There seems to be a mismatch. For these folks (and for anyone who wants to learn more effectively) learning by using their strengths is crucial. In fact, learning by using your strengths is the only efficient way to learn. Learning by remediating your weaknesses is a frustrating time-waster. Learning... read more

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